The kids are all right with electrification of the family car.
A unique new survey by ABB E-Mobility, in time for World EV Day celebrated Thursday, indicates that a majority of parents are being educated on environmental issues by their children. Some 2,500 parents and the same number of children ages 8-16 were participants in the survey that reached out to Canada, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
We keep hearing the electric vehicle revolution is coming, and some of us believe it. In addition to Tesla, legacy automakers such as GM, Ford, Toyota and Nissan are putting billions of dollars into creating an EV marketplace which may outpace internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040. Others say the grid is not ready and the marketplace not up to speed.
Time will tell, but most of these respondents seem to be teaching their children well--or maybe it's the other way around. At least the young ones think so—80 percent of children surveyed by ABB E-Mobility say they influence their parents’ purchasing decisions on big-ticket items such as changing the family car.
And nearly 83 percent of those children say they certainly intend to drive electric or hybrid vehicles when they are old enough. Automakers may want to start advertising on the Disney Channel to get the early birds.
“On World EV Day, it is encouraging to see the results of our global study reveal the excitement and determination of young people, as well as the increasing dialogue and action across generations, to move toward a low-carbon future,” Frank Muehlon, CEO for ABB E-Mobility, said in a statement with the survey.
Muehlon is also realistic and noted that many consumers still do not feel empowered to make those climate-friendly moves such as buying an EV. Nearly half of parents surveyed said their employer’s policies don’t support the switch to electric vehicles.
And yet nearly an equal number of both parents and children (between 79 and 73 percent, respectively) told ABB that they consider the current global environmental situation be negative now and in the near future.
“It is our hope that those in positions of power will work together to quickly implement electrification policies which enable a cleaner, greener society, just as we have committed to doing with our ABB Sustainability Strategy 2030,” Muehlon added.
The excitement level for going electric on the road varies from country to country in the survey. Nearly 95 percent of Chinese children in the survey’s 8-year to 16-year range believe they will be driving an EV or hybrid when they are old enough.
U.S. EV ownership is still in early stages and growing exponentially. About one third of the U.S. respondents say that it was pressure from their children which helped them make the move to an EV or hybrid.
For more on the ABB World EV Day Parent-Children survey, click here.
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